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Vice President of @TheWitnessBCC Commentary on race, faith, & the internet. Black. Christian. Writer. Womanist. She/her/hers https://t.co/WjL8GmQnLm
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Oct 15, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
I am so tired of people with privilege telling marginalized folks how they should feel about their oppression.

I’m also tired of people from marginalized groups being the first ones to jump up and say “I don’t feel oppressed/etc. by the stuff others marginalized folks do.” Some of y’all really be on some pick me nonsense.

Being callous to other people’s suffering really isn’t the flex that you think it is.

If something don’t bother you, fine. But can you at least shut up and let the people who are hurt talk? Why do you gotta show out?
Oct 6, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
Personality tests are great for helping us understand ourselves and others, though I think that it’s important to note that their pop psychology bint can make them hard to take seriously, especially if the tests aren’t well crafted.

And then there’s the white supremacy… In ministry circles, the personality tests that I’ve run into the most are Meyers-Briggs, the DISC, and the most popular one right now…the Enneagram. About 20yrs ago, people also talked about the four humors: phlegmatic, sanguine, choleric, and melancholic. I’m not sure…
Sep 9, 2021 12 tweets 2 min read
People: We’ve been hurt by certain doctrines and practices within the church. Maybe we could change the culture so we don’t have to choose between our faith and well-being.

Pastors: Y’all just want to sin…something something…the Bible is still true…blah blah…holiness. People are literally saying “I am struggling with my faith because the culture of the church doesn’t match what I thought was true in scripture. I am literally being harmed by the church’s practices. I am struggling with doctrines that don’t match up w/ my knowledge base. Help.”
Jun 20, 2021 17 tweets 2 min read
Yesterday I celebrated sixteen years of marriage. I want to attempt to offer sixteen pieces of unsolicited relationship advice that’s worked for us… 1. Avoid people for whom marriage or being in a relationship is a personality trait, because they are frequently toxic.

I know this will make some folk mad, but I mean it. If they don’t have a personality besides talking about marriage, they are unhealthy.
Jun 18, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
As an Episcopalian, I really try not to talk bad about my Anglican siblings in the ACNA because I came into Anglicanism after the split and I did not live through the tense times and really don’t think it’s a good look for me to critique them because of how some might perceive it I am going to make an exception to my general rule right now, because…well.

So while y’all were out here worried about what the Southern Baptists might say and do, the Anglican Church in North America somehow managed to our SBC the SBC.
May 12, 2021 25 tweets 12 min read
Alright alright alright. I have tried to limit how and when I speak in any kind of capacity regarding @TheWitnessBCC, a Black Christian non-profit of which I am the Vice President. My platform and opinions are my own and I try to compartmentalize...until I can’t. So here goes... In March, @TheWitnessBCC launched our #LeaveLOUD content focus. Our founder, our President, and I shared our stories of leaving white Christian organizations and churches. We have published articles on our website and distributed other media as part of this content focus.
Jan 22, 2021 52 tweets 11 min read
My spiritual practices are what have kept me grounded during this difficult time. Is there interest in a thread where I share some of my spiritual practices?

FYI: These are Christian practices, but there might be some things that anyone can find useful. Ok so there is definitely interest. I’m pretty sure y’all will get tired of it but here we go.

I again want to state that these practices and some of my recs that go with them are overtly Christian but some can be adapted.
Jan 21, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
As a lot of y’all know, I grew up in a small rural town in the Midwest.

I was at my 15th year high school reunion a couple years ago, which was on the patio of one of the local taverns. Suddenly a country song started to play and EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, started losing their minds. Now there had been OTHER country songs playing. But people lost their minds after the first note on this one.
Jan 16, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
It’s funny how, when Black people leave toxic church spaces we are the ones called “divisive.” We always have to bear the weight of judgment and have to explain ourselves.

When you see Black people leaving a predominantly white church space en masse, you should be asking... Why are so many people walking away? Why are their stories all similar or exactly the same? Why is this not being addressed by leadership? Why does it feel like it’s being swept under the rug? Why is Black folks’ departure deemed as their issue or fault?
Jan 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
So the Chipmunks movie where they’re in a ballon race with the Chippettes and there’s a baby penguin they’re taking to it’s mother. There is a specific scene that gets me. I literally only ever saw the movie once then a couple years ago the clip circulated and it destroyed me. Also, the Brave little toaster was a lot for me TBH.
Jan 16, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
As someone who has embraced a more progressive and “liberal” part of the Christian tradition, I can fully attest that this is true. I’m sure that some of my friends who knew me at a different part of life feel that o have changed. But no. I went to seminary at an institution that I would not consider at all progressive, though I had many professors who were. But I learned how to read and understand scripture in a much different and healthier way in seminary.
Jan 14, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
Ok, dream interpretation folks. I have had a couple of dreams that I’m pretty sure are Holy Ghost dreams, but I have not trusted myself to interpret them. So I’m going to throw it out there.

And I’m tagging @TheAmberPicota and @isierranichole since y’all be knowing So first of all, I had a dream where I was at a church that I used to attend (one I left re: racism and misogynoir) and I was called on to be part of a panel. I was in the church but it was like I was zooming myself onto the panel. I didn’t know why I was there but I was.
Nov 14, 2020 34 tweets 8 min read
So I’m going to share some of by banned/censored cartoon stuff with y’all. This thread will contain clips and stuff so be warned. I don’t know why I’m going this but somehow my brain is here so that’s where we’re going tonight until I get too creeped or tired to keep on. So you might be asking, “Why is she into this? That’s a weird hobby.” IT IS.

I have Whoopi Goldberg to thank. There was a contest and of Hollywood Squares who said this was his hobby and she told him to look up Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs.
Nov 14, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Let me try this again. So I’m watching the Looney Tunes Golden collection tonight on shuffle and this cartoon came up. It’s called “Old Glory.” This cartoon came out in 1939, two months ti the day before Germany invaded Poland and WWII began. Of course there had been all kinds of cussery going on in Germany before that, but it’s notable that this cartoon came out when it did.
Nov 13, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
I’ve been sitting here freezing for probs the last hour. I finally turned on both the heater and the “fireplace,” my fancy space heater that is where my fireplace goes...it looks like a fireplace.

I love Chicago but the cold is gonna take me out. And before y’all come in here. I KNOW it gets colder.

I need y’all to also understand that 41° in Chicago ain’t the same 41° that I had in Virginia.

I would literally be wearing flip flops today if I were still there. I miss it so much.
Aug 20, 2020 13 tweets 2 min read
So all the people who are all “how can Kamala Harris be an African American when her dad is Jamaican and her mom is from India...” make me irrationally angry. This is such an ignorant comment and I’m tired of hearing it. People are trying to make it sound like she’s a fraud and policing her identity and I’m done with it.

I don’t usually get in the weeds with stuff like this, but I’m feeling froggy so let me go ahead and leap.
Jun 17, 2020 10 tweets 2 min read
Some black leaders that are being elevated now not done the requisite racial identity/ trauma work to speak well on this issue. We talk a lot about how white supremacy affects white people, but we over look the collateral damage that being in whiteness has on black folks. What I mean is that people in a lot of industries and disciplines are turning to the black people in the room for answers, but some of those folks are only just now starting to unpack their own stuff. The token black folks sometimes struggle to talk about race.
Jun 16, 2020 15 tweets 2 min read
I hope that the Black men who are quick to criticize Louie Giglio will also take a look at Lecrae and realize that a lot of y’all are one conversation, speaking engagement, platform, and Good Ole Boy invite from being him. Lecrae was the picture of Black men’s complicity. The power dynamics in this situation are not lost on me. Lecrae was on that man’s stage at his invite. I get that y’all think that there are rules and decorum and stuff. But what was happening there was white supremacy and patriarchy.
May 31, 2020 11 tweets 2 min read
It seems a whole lot of waking up is happening among people of whiteness. I am going to reserve my critical commenting on this phenomenon for another post and focus on the question that I keep seeing everywhere:

What can I do? 1. Listen to people of color share their experiences.

2. Educate yourself. That means reading books and connecting with anti-racist resources.
May 16, 2020 16 tweets 4 min read
So evidently this app needs a late night twitter thread from me telling y’all how NOT to act when you get called out for various -isms and -phobias.

So listen up humans, this is your guide for how not to show your behind when you get called on your BS. 1. Say sorry. That’s it. That’s the thing. Plan old sorry with no “if” qualifier. If you can name what you did, then name it and claim it.

Example: I’m sorry **for** the homophobic thing I said.

For is the keyword. For. Don’t say if. Ever.
May 12, 2020 11 tweets 2 min read
I said: White people, if you want to be antiracist sit down and shut up for like three months so you can begin to speak from a place of knowledge.

What y’all heard: I don’t think that white people should be allies in racial justice work and y’all you’ll never do anything. And to be clear, some of the folks not hearing are so-called allies. White people cant stand to have limits placed on what they can and can’t do. Y’all think that y’all are entitled to access and liberty within every space.

This is why we call y’all colonizers.